Over the weekend, Kurtis Lee of The Denver Post profiled the real political muscle behind the recall of anti-gun Senator Angela Giron. Spoiler: It’s not the NRA, but a 28-year-old plumber from Pueblo named Victor Head.
Of course, we enjoyed the article the first time we read it, when Valerie Richardson of The Colorado Observer wrote it a month ago. But we digress.
What Lee’s article helped illuminate is important. The recall elections are not some NRA-driven effort, but real grassroots efforts aimed at removing politicians who are not listening to their constituents.
Unfortunately, many journalists are lazy and use the NRA as shorthand for all Second Amendment activists. Just look at the New York Times editorial that endorsed Morse, claiming the recalls came about directly from the NRA’s efforts.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Neither the NRA nor Rocky Mountain Gun Owners did diddly squat to get the recalls on the ballot. These recalls, and most especially the Giron effort, were grassroots at their most raw.
As Lee reported:
The way Victor Head accomplished what may have forever changed how petitions are gathered — and what stunned Colorado’s political landscape this summer — originated with an iPhone and a 4-year-old voter law.
Those were the tools, along with a mix of tablets and laptops, the 28-year-old plumber from Pueblo and a little more than 80 organizers utilized as they scoured parking lots and sat perched at folding tables outside businesses collecting petition signatures to recall Sen. Angela Giron, a Pueblo Democrat, from a heavily Democratic- leaning district…
Head, a Republican, insisted that his organizers take the extra step of checking voter registration in real-time online in their effort to recall Giron for her votes on stricter Colorado gun laws implemented this month.
“We were doing the secretary of state’s job before his office had to do it,” he said. “We used their technology and had a good idea of what would be validated.”
Political observers predicted he would never collect enough signatures, but Head and his allies, including two other plumbers, one of them his brother, saw the technology as a viable tool to make the recall effort a reality.
Hopefully Lee’s article represents a shift among mainstream reporters in covering this recall and we can flush the bullshit about the NRA running the recall.